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Monday, October 28, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - October 28, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Tweeting Bra: Sends Tweets Every Time It's Unclasped
http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2013/10/28/Tweeting-Bra-Sends-Tweets-Every-Time-It-s-Unclasped
A Greek marketing group has created the first "Tweeting Bra" as part of a campaign from Nestle Fitness for October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The social networking bra utilizes a special mechanism hidden under the hook of the bra. When it is unhooked, a signal is sent to a cell phone which in turn notifies a server that generates a tweet.

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Indian girl hanged herself after parents banned her from Facebook, police say - 10/28/13
http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/23804484/indian-girl-hanged-herself-after-parents-banned-her-from-facebook-police-say#ixzz2j29kHd1s
A 17-year-old Indian girl has hanged herself after her parents banned her from Facebook to make her spend more time concentrating on school. Aishwarya S. Dahiwal, a college student from Parbhani in western India, asked her parents for permission to log onto Facebook on Wednesday, but was denied, police told India Real Time.

Gambling love rat convinced women he met on dating site Plenty Of Fish that he was the 'perfect man' before taking out payday loans in their names leaving one bankrupt - 10/28/13
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2478206/Love-rat-took-payday-loans-names-women-met-online.html#ixzz2j29KX1ow
A conman who romanced women he met online then took out payday loans in their names has been jailed. Gambling addict James Whitehouse, 30, drove one of his victims to bankruptcy after making off with hundreds of pounds and leaving her to deal with high-interest repayments.

Salina woman accused in online scam is formally charged - S10/26/13
http://www.salina.com/news/wortham-1-25-13#sthash.7qapUm6V.dpuf
A Salina woman police say was part of an online scam perpetrated on at least six out-of-state victims made a first appearance in Saline County District Court Thursday and is scheduled for another court hearing Monday. Samone A. Wortham, 51, was formally charged Thursday with six misdemeanor counts of theft by deception and two felony counts of forgery, according to court documents.

Parents: Know how to keep your kids safe online - 10/26/13
http://hutchnews.com/Bizag/C2-sun--biz-BBB-col--copy
As National Cyber Security Awareness Month draws to a close, your children need protection from a threat more dangerous than mere Halloween goblins. There are digital dangers all over the Internet that responsible parents should take proactive measures against to keep from haunting their houses. Children of all ages are texting, posting video, building online profiles, sending photos and broadcasting their day-to-day activities to friends online whom they may not regularly see in person (or at all, in some cases).

Postal Inspectors: Be Careful When Buying Online - 10/25/13
http://www.digtriad.com/2wantstoknow/article/303846/443/Postal-Inspectors-Be-Careful-When-Buying-Online
It was an inside job. A group of scam artists stole hundreds of high-end apparel bags. The scam continued on Ebay and that move was the beginning of the end. Melissa Maxwell, is a customer service representative for LeSportsac. They distribute the fashionable brand of high end purses and travel accessories.

New Orleans woman charged with cyber stalking and online impersonation - 10/25/13
http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20131025/NEWS01/310250023/
A New Olreans woman was arrested by St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies on Friday for allegedly stalking a juvenile online. Tashia Bienvenu Seeba was booked into the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center on two counts of cyber stalking and two counts on online impersonation.

Vigilante paedophile hunters ruining lives with internet stings - 10/25/13
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/oct/25/vigilante-paedophile-hunters-online-police
In a motel room 100 miles from home, a middle-aged man using the name Peter counts the cost of one of the internet's latest trends: paedophile hunting. "I have lost everything apart from my life. I have lost my job, I've lost my home, I've lost family, friends. I am a shell of a man. I am completely broken," he told the Guardian.

Pair carried out web scam over festival tickets - 10/24/13
http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/top-stories/pair-carried-out-web-scam-over-festival-tickets-1-6177783
TWO women carried out an internet scam in which people were conned out of money for festival tickets which they never received. A court heard Sonia Arif and Kay Balster, both aged 23, ripped off six victims and made £1,675 before they were caught. Leeds Crown Court heard the pair posted on the Gumtree classified advertisements site purporting to be selling tickets for the Secret Garden Party Music Festival.

Latest US based Scam Targeting Canadian Car Buyers - 10/24/13
http://www.autos.ca/general-news/latest-us-based-scam-targeting-canadian-car-buyers/
OMVIC, the regulator of motor vehicle sales in Ontario, is warning car buyers of yet another online scam targeting Canadians. According to Carey Smith, OMVIC Director of Investigations, Double Eagle Motors advertises on online vehicle marketplaces such as AutoTrader.ca, offering high-end and exotic vehicles at prices that are often ‘too good to be true’. “When the potential buyer calls the number in the ad, and the number will appear to be a Canadian phone number, they are told the car is now in the US and are directed to the ‘dealer’s’ website”, explains Smith.

Furby scammer sentenced, fined - 10/24/13
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/crimes/376157/75-years-sentence-reduced-to-parole-and-community-service
The Criminal Court on Thursday initially sentenced a woman who ran an online scam selling Furby dolls to 75 years in prison and a fine of 125,000 baht, reports said. Chonnikan Taichilasasoontorn, 27, committed 25 offences. Each offence carries a maximum of three of years in prison and a fine of 5,000 baht.

Kansas Woman tied to Nigeria internet scam arrested - 10/23/13
http://www.hayspost.com/2013/10/23/kansas-woman-tied-to-nigeria-internet-scam-arrested/
A tip from a confidential source has helped police arrest a woman involved with internet scams tied to Nigeria. Lt. Jim Norton with the Salina Police Special Enforcement Bureau said Wednesday, that police received a tip October 17th about someone in Salina involved in internet scams involving the purchase of items off of Craigslist.

Bakery loses £20k to online criminals - 10/22/13
http://www.shorehamherald.co.uk/news/top-stories/latest/bakery-loses-20k-to-online-criminals-1-5603437
A SMALL-business owner who lost almost £20,000 to an online scam has slammed his bank for its lack of support. Small Dole firm Truffles bakery, which has branches in Shoreham and Steyning, lost £19,600 when its NatWest account was raided in a phishing scam. The bank has refused to accept responsibilty for the heist, claiming the firm was at fault.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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Monday, October 21, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - October 21, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .French bank apologizes after posting picture of squirrel's testicles

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/10/19/French-bank-apologizes-after-posting-picture-of-squirrels-testicles/UPI-34761382209876/#ixzz2iMwy27iG

A French bank apologized after posting a photo on Facebook of a squirrel caught hanging upside down by his testicles on a bird feeder.

Caisse d'Epargne shared the photo on Facebook as part of a marketing campaign for a line of insurance. The photo was accompanied by a slogan, "Because accidents don't just happen to others, insurance will also cover you for any temporary injuries."

TheLocal.fr said Friday many of the bank's 24,000 Facebook followers thought the account had been hacked. When the bank realized followers' reaction they apologized and took down the photo.

"We wanted to make use of the social networks but we made a mistake. It was a communication error. We've hurt Facebook followers and potential customers and we regret it," the bank said.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/10/19/French-bank-apologizes-after-posting-picture-of-squirrels-testicles/UPI-34761382209876/#ixzz2iMx90zCA

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"Cyberbully" concerns follow Facebook news - 10/21/13
http://www.wkyt.com/wymt/home/headlines/Cyberbully-concerns-follow-Facebook-news-228576081.html
Last week, I hit the streets of our community to speak to folks about Facebook's new policy for young teenage users, and many of you expressed strong concern. “It's a stupid rule, you know, stupid move on their behalf because you want to monitor everything. Too many kids get bullied online and lose their lives. It’s a shame,” said Will Herald, a Perry County resident.


Mom wants Twitter to reveal names of cyber bullies - 10/19/13
http://wgntv.com/2013/10/18/mom-wants-twitter-to-reveal-names-of-cyber-bullies/#ixzz2iMiBkP5t
Going to court over cyber bullying, a west suburban mom files a petition to force Twitter to reveal the names behind two accounts she says were used to impersonate and harass her young daughter. The court filing says whoever is behind those Twitter accounts used them to bully and harass the victim, violating her privacy by publishing photographs and personal information, including her phone number without permission.

Family's outrage as funeral home use footage from murdered 13-year-old son's service to ADVERTISE their business - 10/19/13
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-2467331/Grieving-family-sue-funeral-home-using-footage-murdered-13-year-old-sons-service-captured-wails-mother-advertise-business.html
The bereaved mother of a 13-year-old boy who was gunned down in Brooklyn, New York, last year has filed a lawsuit against a funeral home claiming that it had used footage from her son's emotional service in an ad without her permission. Tiffany Orr lost her 13-year-old son, Ronald Wallace, who was shot in the back in Brownsville last August. The boy was laid to rest in a Cypress Hill cemetery following an intense funeral service attended by Ronald's grief-stricken parents, relatives and friends.

Fake Facebook page leads to cyber bully investigation - 10/18/13
http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/fake-facebook-page-leads-cyber-bully-investigation/nbRrM/
Cabarrus County authorities are investigating a case of cyber bullying that targeted a local teen. The teen's family said someone set up a fake Facebook account and posted lewd messages, posing as the girl victim. The 15-year-old girl's family said the ordeal has been a nightmare.

Mother who stole 900 handbags to sell on eBay to fund her lavish lifestyle is jailed for 18 months - 10/18/13
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2465847/Mother-stole-900-handbags-sell-eBay-fund-lavish-lifestyle-jailed-18-months.html#ixzz2iMcNm0hZ
A mother-of-two has been jailed for 18 months after she stole 905 handbags over a three-year period. Jayne Rand, 48, went into department stores across the UK leaving with luxury handbags on her shoulder, a court heard. Her lawyer admitted she had become 'almost addicted to stealing high-value bags' as she was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

ISPs ‘key’ in fight against cyber-harassment - 10/18/13
http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2013-10-18/news/isps-key-in-fight-against-cyber-harassment-2927198208/
The Anti-Cyber Harassment Alliance (ACHA) is arguing that internet service providers should intervene quickly in cases of online harassment, but chairman Deborah Schembri stressed that safeguards would be in place to avoid the abuse of such powers. Dr Schembri was speaking at a press conference held outside the Nationalist Party’s headquarters, following a meeting it had with representatives of the party.

Email threat to burn Phil Hogan’s house down - 10/18/13
http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/email-threat-to-burn-phil-hogans-house-down-29671028.html
ENVIRONMENT Minister Phil Hogan has notified gardai after being threatened that his family home would be burned down. Mr Hogan received the threat by email from a businessman who made no attempt to hide his identity, it is understood.

Dothan man accused of sending email threats, physically stalking victim - 10/18/13
http://blog.al.com/montgomery/2013/10/dothan_man_accused_of_sending.html
Dothan police have charged a man with stalking after he followed the victim and sent electronic threats. Brandon Trawick, 35, of Dothan was arrested Oct. 17 and charged with stalking. His bond was unavailable.

San Bernardino Councilman Robert Jenkins charged in Internet stalking/ID theft case - 10/17/13
http://www.sbsun.com/general-news/20131017/san-bernardino-councilman-robert-jenkins-charged-in-internet-stalkingid-theft-case
San Bernardino Councilman Robert Jenkins was charged Thursday in Riverside County with 30 felony and misdemeanor counts in an alleged Internet stalking case involving his ex-boyfriend and another man. Jenkins allegedly placed several fraudulent advertisements on the online classified ad website Craigslist seeking sex partners.

School, Community Dealing With Cyberbullying - 10/17/13
http://www.woi-tv.com/story/23722485/school-community-dealing-with-cyberbullying
On Wednesday, the Urbandale Middle School received complaints from students and parents about an Instagram account that targeted and bullied nine students. The account called "UMS8thgrad" posted photos with comments about the appearance, weight and sexuality of the students. One post even made fun of a student because her father had died of cancer.

Florida Is Home to Women Burned by the Internet's Darkest Corners - 10/17/13
http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2013-10-17/news/internet-celebrities-florida/
Who's at fault when internet celebrities become targets of real-life harassment? Are they victims of their own narcissism? What about when they're under the age of consent? Last week's New Times feature ("Lonely Lolita," Allie Conti, October 10) looked at what happens to a young girl when she achieves pseudo-fame online. Loli-chan, a South Florida woman, courted older male attention in the nascent days of the web and today can barely leave her house out of fear.

2 Girls Charged in Cyberstalking Suicide - 10/16/13
http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/2-girls-charged-cyberstalking-suicide
Two Winter Haven girls, one 12 and the other 14, have been arrested in connection with the suicide death of Rebecca Ann Sedwick, also 12, on Sept. 10. The middle-schooler leapt to her death from a silo at an abandoned factory after the other girls allegedly persisted in urging her to kill herself.

Tumblr cyberbully mocked my dad's death: Hull teenager felt sick at vile internet threats - 10/15/13
http://www.thisishullandeastriding.co.uk/Tumblr-cyberbully-mocked-dad-s-death-Hull/story-19934617-detail/story.html#ixzz2iMo37QPO
In the wake of tragic cases such as the death of 14-year-old Hannah Smith, NSPCC figures show 38 per cent of children have been cyberbullied. Here, a Hull teenager tells Faye Preston how "relentless" internet bullying became so bad she would cry herself to sleep. THE sound of yet another message landing in her inbox should make Lucy smile but instead her heart sinks to the bottom of her stomach. The ping of excitement as she writes back to friends she left just minutes ago at the school bus stop is replaced with dry-throat dread as another vile threat pops up on her profile page.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Come see me at Portland Jetport in Maine today!

If you're flying in or out of Portland Maine today, stop by and see me! I'll be signing books from 10 am to 3 pm. And you get a free pair of seaglass earrings with your purchase!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

True Crime Online Talk in Tewksbury, Massachusetts Tonight!

Come see me tonight at the Tewksbury Library, 300 Chandler Street in Massachusetts beginning at 7 pm.

Monday, October 14, 2013

True Crime Online Newsletter - October 14, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Honeymooning German bride left behind at gas station

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/10/11/Honeymooning-German-bride-left-behind-at-gas-station/UPI-75051381513677/#ixzz2hi6QBZHA

A German man taking a trip with his new bride drove about 125 miles before realizing he had left his wife behind at a gas station.

Eileen Nowak, 33, said she got out of the van to use the restroom at a gas station near Kirchheim while on her honeymoon and her husband drove off without her, believing her to be sleeping in the back, FFH Radio reported Friday.

Novak said her husband drove for about 2 hours, making it 125 miles to Brunswick, before realizing she was not in the van. She said she did not have her phone or any money when she was left behind.

Novak said she was reunited with her husband with the help of police in Kirchheim.

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Man who changed users' views on website headed to prison - 10/14/13
http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20131014/NEWS0103/310140012/Man-who-changed-users-views-website-headed-prison
His lawyer dubbed him the Robin Hood of pranksters. Federal prosecutors characterized him as a computer hacker engaged in cyberbullying. And a federal judge found him in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and sentenced him to five months in prison and two years on probation. Michael Pullen has to report on Oct. 21 to a federal work camp in Ashland.

Family says cyberbullying contributed to loved one's suicide - 10/13/13
http://www.wcax.com/story/23662113/did-cyberbullying-prompt-vt-teen-to-take-her-own-life
"Olivia was beautiful, smart, athletic, compassionate, always eager to help someone," Stephanie Scott said. The community of Bristol is reeling after 16-year-old Olivia Scott took her own life Wednesday. Mom Stephanie Scott says she knew her daughter had been struggling, but did not know the extent of her pain until she received the tragic news over the phone. "It was awful, absolutely awful to see that she was hurting so badly and I didn't know," Stephanie Scott said.

Twitter Can Warn About Cyber Bullying and Suicide Risk Ahead Of Phone Calls and Surveys, Study - 10/12/13
http://www.universityherald.com/articles/4912/20131012/twitter-warn-cyber-bullying-suicide-risk-surveys-birmingham-young-university.htm#Irkhlh4BcQ8yoVeF.99
Twitter can give clues about suicide risk, according to a study conducted by Birmingham Young University. "Kids will spill their guts out there in cyberspace," Christophe Giraud-Carrier, a BYU computer scientist told sltrib. "We're hoping to pick up thoughts and feelings they might not share with their parents or school."

Jury convicts man of murder in Facebook slayings - 10/12/13
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/T/TN_FACEBOOK_SPAT_KILLINGS_TNOL-?SITE=TNMAR&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT
An eastern Tennessee man has been found guilty of killing two people in a dispute over being unfriended from a Facebook page. Washington County Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood sentenced Marvin Enoch "Buddy" Potter Jr. Friday night to two life sentences for the deaths of 36-year-old Billy Payne and 23-year-old Billie Jean Hayworth. A jury returned guilty verdicts on the pair Friday night.

'BBC man's Twitter campaign helped kill my boy': Devastated father claims offensive comments contributed to son's heart attack - 10/12/13
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2456795/BBC-mans-Twitter-campaign-helped-kill-son-Devastated-father-claims-offensive-comments-contributed-sons-heart-attack-47.html#ixzz2hhwoOrsv
The BBC is investigating allegations that one of its presenters was involved in a ‘vicious and unrelenting cyber-bullying campaign’ that contributed to the death of a 47-year-old man. Murray Norton, who has been a BBC broadcaster for nearly 30 years, strongly denies making offensive comments on social networking sites about Simon Abbott, a computer software developer who died of a heart attack earlier this year. Mr Norton is said to have posted messages on Facebook and Twitter suggesting Mr Abbott was a conman, siphoning off charity donations for his own use.

Police, school investigating Instagram bullying of Timpview girls - 10/11/13
http://www.ksl.com/?sid=27191685&nid=148
Police and school officials are investigating a report of cyberbullying involving Timpview High School students on the popular picture social media network Instagram. The page comes with the hashtag "whorelistnumber" and lists pictures of girls, presumed to all be Timpview High School students, with a number ranking. Some of the comments left under each picture were complimentary; but others make degrading sexual references and may rise to the level of bullying.

School District investigating case of cyberbullying - 10/10/13
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/oct/10/school-district-investigating-case-cyberbullying/
The Clark County School District is investigating a photo that surfaced on social media of what appears to be a female student in her underwear on the campus of Durango High School. The photo, which was circulated by other Clark County students on Twitter and Facebook, features several students taking cellphone pictures of the undressed student, who is standing next to some outdoor hallway lockers and holding her clothes to her face. Some students on Twitter speculated that the female student was mentally challenged, but others denied it. The School District would not comment about the incident, citing student privacy laws and a pending investigation.

Bar worker fired for domestic violence joke sign - 10/10/13
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/10/10/Bar-worker-fired-for-domestic-violence-joke-sign/UPI-28851381440302/#ixzz2hi67Omm0
A Texas bar owner said he fired a worker who put out a sign that used domestic violence as a joke to promote beer. Alex Elmiger, owner of the Minibar in Austin, said he was not present when the worker put out the sign, which went viral online after a woman who works at the Austin Women's Shelter took a picture and posted it to social networking site Instagram, KEYE-TV, Austin, reported Thursday.

Website advocates drunken political rants - 10/10/13
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/10/10/Website-advocates-drunken-political-rants/UPI-76311381438210/
A new website gives fed up citizens an easy way to call their congressional representatives and complain -- and even suggests callers "have a drink" first. "Mad at Congress? Have a drink and tell them," DrunkDialCongress.org says on its home page. "Whether you are a furloughed worker, being forced to work for free, or just fed up at Capitol Hill, call & yell at a random member of Congress."

Facebook cyber bully targets individuals with 'name and shame' - 10/10/13
http://www.thisissomerset.co.uk/Facebook-cyber-bully-targets-individuals-shame/story-19911630-detail/story.html#ixzz2hi2VVAKj
A FACEBOOK page created this week was shut down after causing outrage by posting users' profiles in an abusive way. The page, called Name & Shamed : Shepton Mallet, stated it would "find all of the **** in Shepton [sic] including the bullies and the wasters there facebook profiles wil be posted on here for the **** to be shamed !!!". The page was full of profanities and insults and was reported by several Facebook users and subsequently removed.

Court docs: Former Lubbock-Cooper ISD employee impersonated superintendent, posted racy photos - 10/10/13
http://amarillo.com/news/crime-and-courts/2013-10-10/court-documents-former-employee-claimed-lubbock-cooper-boss-was-gay
A former food service employee for Lubbock-Cooper Independent School District is facing charges of online harassment and stalking after court documents say he impersonated the superintendent and posted racy photos of another employee online.

Newport man charged with extortion, cyber-harassment, after girlfriend threatened breakup - 10/10/13
http://news.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/2013/10/arrestready.html
A Newport man has been arrested on charges he threatened to release explicit material depicting his girlfriend when she tried to break off their relationship, the State Police said. The authorities say Keith P. Quinn, 53, of 121 Prospect Hill in Newport, threatened the woman via text message.

Teen pleads guilty to bullying other students on Facebook - 10/09/13
http://www.examiner.com/article/teen-pleads-guilty-to-bullying-other-students-on-facebook
It was a page that authorities say was filled with insults and threats, including one post about a shooting. Now, according to KRDO 13, an 18-year-old from Colorado Springs has pleaded guilty to harassment. Kyle Pate admitted to having a key role in the Facebook page, entitled "Falcon Problems" that showed photos of students from Falcon High School, along with the taunts and threats.

Web stalker is jailed for mall attack in Abu Dhabi - 10/09/13
http://www.7daysindubai.com/Web-stalker-jailed-mall-attack-Abu-Dhabi/story-19902801-detail/story.html
A man who stabbed a shop assistant he was stalking in an Abu Dhabi mall has been jailed for three months. The Filipina victim has fled to another part of the UAE as the Syrian defendant will be out of jail later this year and the court did not order his deportation. “She is very upset. She feels she will not be safe when he is released,” a person familiar with the case told 7DAYS.

Monday, October 07, 2013

York Maine Public Library Appearance October 8, 2013

Come by and see me tomorrow night!

Cyber Crime & Cyber Bullying Expert Offers Tips for Staying Safer Online

Tuesday, October 8 7:00 p.m.

York resident J.A. Hitchcock will speak about cyber crime, cyber bullying and staying safer on the Internet. Author of nine books, Hitchcock will speak about her latest book, "True Crime Online: Shocking Stories of Scamming, Stalking, Murder and Mayhem". With stories ripped from headlines all over the world, Hitchcock shows the dark side of the Web.

York Public Library
15 Long Sands Road
York, ME 03909

Email address: ypl@york.lib.me.us
Phone: 207-363-2818

True Crime Online Newsletter - October 7, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Seized poodles become Facebook stars on Swedish police page

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/10/05/Seized-poodles-become-Facebook-stars-on-Swedish-police-page/UPI-62111380999854/#ixzz2h2xZiqyx

Police in a Swedish town find themselves in the unlikely position of adoption agents for 28 poodles seized from a boarding house in poor conditions.

After posting the need for adoptive homes for the pooches, police in Joenkoeping said their Facebook page has been inundated, with 2,000 people sharing a post about the dogs. The phone has been ringing off the hook at the station, as well, TheLocal.se said.

Police said they were called to a boarding house after neighbors complained and found the dogs, many of which were malnourished and suffering from various ailments. The decision was made to take the dogs into police custody.

Since then, officers have stashed them at a kennel where one gave birth to two puppies -- bringing the number from an original 26 dogs to the 28 available for adoption.

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The New Pornographers - 10/07/13
http://prospect.org/article/new-pornographers
California passed a law last month to prevent a form of online harassment known as “revenge porn”­explicit images almost exclusively of women posted online by their former partners. The victims of revenge porn are often left without recourse, ignored or extorted by website hosts and discounted by local authorities who either lack awareness of federal cyber stalking and harassment laws or see little point in pressing charges. Frustrated by lack of recourse, campaigns such as End Revenge Porn have started fighting for state legislation to criminalize the practice. Until the passage of California’s law, New Jersey was the only state that had criminalized revenge porn.

Cyberbullying in Oklahoma schools fueled by popularity of social media applications - 10/07/13
http://newsok.com/cyberbullying-in-oklahoma-schools-fueled-by-popularity-of-social-media-applications/article/3890785
Allison Timberlake had no clue that her then 11-year-old daughter was the subject of a Facebook page dedicated to trashing her reputation. A fellow parent broke the news to the Edmond mother of three, whose middle child did not have a cellphone or access to social media on her home computer.

'I jumped on his head myself!': Pregnant woman is jailed for organising gang beating of innocent man who was wrongly named as a paedophile on vigilante website - 10/07/13
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2448371/I-jumped-head--Pregnant-woman-jailed-organising-gang-beating-innocent-man-wrongly-named-paedophile-vigilante-website.html#ixzz2h2lyyJuE
A mother-to-be who masterminded a vicious gang beating of an innocent man after he was falsely accused by a group of vigilante 'paedophile hunters' has been jailed for 16 weeks. College student Rachel Ashworth, 28, was one of three people who launched a sustained assault on Antonio Cressoti, a vulnerable epileptic, after she saw his name on the controversial Predators Watch website.

Lubbock man sentenced for online harassment - 10/05/13
http://www.myfoxlubbock.com/news/local/story/craigslist-lubbock-michael-byerly/MfGAz0yi5Eyt-h40wW8qJw.cspx
A Lubbock man is now serving time under a relatively new law that addresses a growing trend. Michael Todd Byerly, 39, was charged with online impersonation. As of 2009, it is a third-degree felony to create a fake Facebook or Craigslist account with the intent to harass or torment someone.

Advertisers' online stalking goes mobile with you - 10/05/13
http://www.telegram.com/article/20131005/NEWS/310059780/0/NEWS07
Once, only hairdressers and bartenders knew people's secrets. Now, smartphones know everything ­ where people go, what they search for, what they buy, what they do for fun and when they go to bed. That is why advertisers, and tech companies like Google and Facebook, are finding new, sophisticated ways to track people on their phones and reach them with individualized, hypertargeted ads.

Woman cheated of $23,800 in online scam - 10/05/13
http://news.asiaone.com/news/crime/woman-cheated-23800-online-scam
A woman from Serdang was cheated of RM60,000 (S$23,800) in an online scam, reported Sin Chew Daily. Known only as Tan, the 24-year-old woman said she befriended a smartphone agent named Annie Chin via Facebook in January and had joined to become a distributor. She said that she had since banked in RM67,360 via 14 transactions to Chin to buy 51 smartphones but did not receive the items.

Cyberstalking suspect told OKCupid victim he planned ‘killing spree’ - 10/04/14
http://q13fox.com/2013/10/03/cyberstalking-suspect-told-okcupid-victim-he-planned-killing-spree/#ixzz2h2miWJkU
A 24-year-old man is accused of stalking a victim on OKcupid.com, telling her that he planned a “killing spree” if she didn’t date him. Adam Martin Carter-Campbell was recently charged in King County Superior Court for felony cyberstalking of a 22-year-old victim, court documents show. He is being held in King County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

54% of extreme cyber-bullying takes place on Facebook - 10/03/13
http://www.bizreport.com/2013/10/54-of-extreme-cyber-bullying-takes-place-on-facebook.html
Cyber-bullying is affecting the self-esteem and social lives of many young people, and is most-likely to be encountered on Facebook, according to a new report released by UK-based anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label.

Sexting and Slang: Detecting teens' risky secrets - 10/03/13
http://www.newarkadvocate.com/article/20131002/NEWS01/310020070/Sexting-Slang-Detecting-teens-risky-secrets
If you caught your teens texting about “red devils,” “Robo” or “Skittles,” would you know what they were talking about? What about Snapchat? Ask.fm? The first three are all slang terms for getting high on cold or cough medicine (yes, teens do that). The second two are social media platforms popular among teens, but also associated with sexting and cyberbullying.

Dover man accused of harassment after making sexually suggestive phone calls to former boss, police say - 10/03/13
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/10/dover_man_accused_of_harassmen.html
A Dover man has been charged with harassment after he allegedly called the boss who fired him and made sexually suggestive comments, according to court documents. James J. Lesesne Jr., 35, of the 3100 block of North Wynd Avenue, is accused of making three separate phones calls to his former boss in July and August.

Student Charged With Cyber-Bullying - 10/03/13
http://rochester.ynn.com/content/news/699043/student-charged-with-cyber-bullying/?ap=1&MP4
"There was a student at the school being harassed by other students," said Chief Deputy Bob Hetske of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. A 16-year-old Sodus High School student is accused of threatening a 14-year-old classmate. "The victim in this case received numerous tweets." Tweets, which police say included the line "If karma doesn't hit you I gladly will." "A threat is a threat, and no person should be influenced of altering their daily activities or things they have to do because of a threat."

Cyberbullying afflicts all ages - 10/03/13
http://www.stowetoday.com/stowe_reporter/opinion/article_a3d8c1bc-2c2b-11e3-b274-0019bb2963f4.html
There are a few things I expected to experience after I crossed the half-century threshold: wrinkles, gray hair and a certain calcification of attitude common to the middle-aged. What I did not expect to experience, well into my 50s, was cyberbullying. Surely by the time you are middle-aged, you and those you interact with are past the sort of posturing for social position that passes beyond mere inappropriateness into rudeness, and then degenerates complacently into snide abusiveness.

70 per cent of teens are victims of cyberbullying - 10/02/13
http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/342370/70-per-cent-of-teens-are-victims-of-cyberbullying
Levels of cyberbullying are much higher than previously thought, leading campaigners to call for changes in schools. A survey of 10,008 13-22-year-olds found that of the 69% who had experienced cyberbullying, a fifth rated it as extremely bad. The survey, by anti-bullying charity Ditch The Label, found the number of people faced with cyberbullying is "seriously damaging the self-esteem and future prospects of young people".

LinkedIn introduces ‘Block’ button to address cyberstalking concerns - 10/02/13
http://www.thedrum.com/news/2013/10/02/linkedin-introduces-block-button-address-cyberstalking-concerns#c6IOjJ0iYjjgjzXs.99
Professional social network LinkedIn has announced that it is to introduce a ‘Block’ button to address concerns that it has been abused by cyberstalkers. The move follows a recent petition by a woman in Ohio who said she was harassed on LinkedIn via her boss, leading to a sexual assault.

'Growing trend' of cyberbullying on social networks - 10/02/13
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/24364361
Cyberbullying affects more young people than previously thought, a new survey suggests. More than two-thirds of people aged 13 to 22 have been bullied online with boys and girls equally affected, according to charity Ditch the Label. One in five of the 10,008 who responded said that the abuse had been "extreme". Liam Hackett, who set up the charity after being bullied, said: "It's having a massive impact on young people and it's heartbreaking to read."

Thursday, October 03, 2013

True Crime Online - I Need Your Help!

I have a HUGE favor to ask: Can you please buy my newest book or share the link to it on Amazon? Apparently, only 800 copies of True Crime Online have sold so far. I thought it was more. If more don't sell (3,000 are in stock), then there is no chance for a Net Crimes & Misdemeanors 3rd edition. So please, spread the work and buy my book (it's in softcover and ebook editions)